Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Gaps in work history are nothing to hide, the most important thing is that you do exactly what you are talking about which is address it up front! You can use the objective statement to speak to the change in careers, and when making a change in careers try and order your resume with the most relevant information first. For example, if you are switching from Oil & Gas to nursing and just finished your nursing certification, be sure and introduce this objective at the top, and then put education first, and experience a little lower down on the resume. No need to dwell on the work history gap, however be sure and be prepared to speak about it during any interview with a sense of purpose and the thoughtful approach that you took to make the decision to step away from work. Best of Luck!